Hands On Training

Innovation.
Creativity.
Design Thinking.
Human Centred Design.

Your first idea is almost never your best idea.

The secret to creativity is to first come up with lots ideas before narrowing down to a first idea to try.

But too many brainstorming sessions get dominated by early ideas and loud voices. Toward the end, brainstorming can feel like a chore with each idea you think of looking too much like earlier ones. To get past that feeling, catalyze your thinking using SCAMPER, a set of seven powerful, proven idea generators.

This creativity workshop has helped individuals and teams develop ideas in record time, building enthusiasm and camaraderie. Empower your creative team.

Is this course for you?

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The path to innovation.

This course will explore new ways of looking at problems through empathy and collaboration. Innovation starts with people, putting human needs at the centre of each design decision.

In order to be successful an idea needs to be desirable, feasible and viable. It must truly meet a human need, be practical produce, and succeed in the marketplace.

Is this course for you?

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design thinking

Why is Design Thinking the world’s number one innovation method?

Too many projects fail because of faulty assumptions made up front. Design Thinking ensures the creation of a product or service that is not only technically feasible, but also desirable and profitable.

Design Thinking is a discipline that encourages empathy with the user of the product or service –  a process called human centred design. Design Thinking harnesses rapid prototyping and iteration.

Design Thinking is extremely flexible. This workshop has helped teams to identify opportunities in areas as wide ranging as company growth, inventing new products to launch on Kickstarter, app development and tackling environmental issues.

What will you learn?

This workshop combines instruction and hands-on teamwork to develop actionable solutions to real world challenges.

Gain valuable insights on customer needs that give you an edge over competition. Define and reframe problems to create actionable challenges. Unleash your creativity to generate breakthrough ideas. Rigorously test ideas with prototyping and iteration. Harness broad perspectives and diversity to not only create an inclusive atmosphere of teamwork, but also uncover hidden opportunities that the majority may miss.

Who is this for?

This session provides vital skills to engineers, product managers, inventors, entrepreneurs – anybody who needs to contribute to a high pace of innovation. This workshop is useful for leaders who want a proven way to increase the creative output of their teams and outpace the competition. Individuals who attend will learn to be recognized change agents in their organizations.

what’s the end result?

Every participant will leave with new ideas and experience with techniques that develop ideas on demand that are not just novel but also validated.

format

One day training session. Between eight and 20 participants.

design thinking and artificial intelligence

Teaching machines to meet human needs

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are now embedded into our daily lives, as consumers, citizens, entrepreneurs and workers. The impact is felt in all sectors, from healthcare to education. Machines of our creation are now able to give faster, more accurate results in tasks normally regarded as requiring human intelligence.

This hands-on workshop will introduce the concepts of AI and ML and other disruptive technologies, along with AI-focused ideation methods.

After reviewing case studies of AI and ML applications, participants will apply Design Thinking to conceiving applications of AI that are human centered, ethical and produce real world competitive advantage.

Who is this for?

This workshop is targeted at entrepreneurs and leaders who are building disruptive digital products and services. No background in the technology of AI or ML is required.

What’s the end result?

You will walk away with a greater sense of how AI is changing the world, the enormous opportunities AI presents, and clear strategies for ensuring the ethical use of this powerful technology.

format

One day training session. Between eight and 20 participants.

engineers and entrepreneurs: collaboration workshop

Who is this for?

This workshop is for entrepreneurs and engineers who want to hone their collaboration skills and create products that are both desirable and feasible.

What you will learn

Engineers make entrepreneurs’ visions a reality by building product prototypes and final designs. Entrepreneurs are the wellspring of exciting work for engineers and engineering firms.

At this co-creation workshop, engineers and entrepreneurs will collaborate to use Design Thinking to invent novel, desirable products.

Build the following skills:

  • Design Thinking, human centred design and prototyping
  • Forging productive working relationships
  • Addressing potential customers’ biggest pain points
  • Understanding the variety of skills engineers can bring to your project
  • Understanding realistic costs and timeframes for prototype and product development
  • Effectively describe product requirements
  • Navigating intellectual property rights issues
  • Effectively use low cost prototyping methods
  • Understanding progressive elaboration and the role of virtual reality, augmented reality and rapid prototyping.
  • Learn about lean startup, minimum viable products and how to balance time spent prototyping vs shipping.

Format

One day training session. Between eight and 20 participants.